Valley AIRCorps is a business outreach program that creates and nurtures clean air partnerships with Frederick County businesses, spreads the word about our air quality challenges, and provides valuable public health networking. The center of the program is membership in the Air Quality Action Day Network (AQAD)–a network to inform the public of health risks on Code Orange Action Days and to take simple steps to reduce smog-inducing emissions.
IDLE REDUCTION PROGRAM
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in many cities the personal automobile is the single greatest polluter, as emissions from millions of vehicles on the road add up. And believe it or not, idling for just 20 minutes generates the same amount of hazardous emissions as driving nearly 320 miles! The good news is that you can help. One way to reduce the amount of pollution that your car or truck produces is to reduce unnecessary engine idling, or running your vehicle at low speed.
The exhaust produced by engine idling contains a mix of small particles and chemicals classified as “hazardous air pollutants.” Some of these pollutants include particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. Motor vehicle exhaust is also a key component of ground-level ozone—the air pollutant Frederick County is working to prevent.
POST AN IDLE REDUCTION SIGN TO HELP
Area schools, day care centers, and other businesses in the Frederick County area have installed free Valley AIRNow Healthy Air Zone street signs to encourage parents, employees, and patrons to turn off their engines while parked.
Each sign is metal, colorful, and 12″ x 18″ in dimension. The signs may either be mounted on a metal, green u-channel post or placed directly onto the side of a building. To request your sign, contact the EDC.
To see photographs of some of our partners currently displaying these signs, click on one of the business names below.
To date, area schools and businesses are displaying a total of 140 signs. So if you see a sign and know you are going to be stopped for longer than 30 seconds, help us keep our Shenandoah Valley beautiful and our community healthy–turn off your engine!
The following community partners joined forces in 2001 to proactively promote clean air, specifically the reduction of ozone in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. A small working group still operates to address an annual public awareness campaign. Contact the EDA to see how your organization can help.
American Lung Association of Virginia
Berkeley County, WV (Regional Participant)
Clarke County, VA (Regional Participant)
Community Consensus Coalition
Frederick County Board of Supervisors
Frederick County Economic Development Authority
Frederick County Planning & Development
Jefferson County, WV (Regional Participant)
Lord Fairfax Environmental Health District
National Park Service
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
Northern Shenandoah Valley Petroleum Council
Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission
Piedmont Environmental Council
Shenandoah County, VA (Regional Participant)
Shenandoah National Park
Sierra Club – Virginia Chapter
Top of Virginia Regional Chamber
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Department of Transportation
Warren County, VA (Regional Participant)
Winchester City Common Council
Winchester City Department of Planning
Winchester City Economic Redevelopment
Shenandoah Valley Manufacturers Association
Valley Health Systems